This guy has been born and raised in Cleveland. As he had disappointed in many things in his own country, he took a decision to essentially modify his life, to leave it all and move to Moscow. It was hard for the first time to fare with no money, contacts and simply without acquaintances, but he didn’t give up, worked as designer, then started to shoot short videos and uploaded them on the Internet. Now, eight years later, Tim Kerby, or simply Tima, as he is named by his multiple Russian admirers, is successfully working on the TV channel ‘Russia Today’ and hosting a very popular political program ‘Foreign’ on the ‘Mayak’ radio station.
– Tim, how much does the real America differ from the one we know out of Hollywood movies?
– How does the Russian cinema mirror Russia and the real Russian way of life? In my vision, there’s no great number of coincidences with real things, excluding some pictures. The same is just for America. They show people who are living in huge apartments, don’t care about money and medical aid, all look slender and ‘creative’. In fact – a lot of ordinary people working 50 hours a week in office, plumping, not seeing their kids and living in constant tension because of their financial situation. These days the life in America became hard for lots. You see, in Russia the institutions of private property at the moment are more developed than in the USA, where everybody shall get rid of a considerable sum of money because of a monstrous land taxation. For example, my grandma ought to have paid 3600 USD annually simply for the right to live in the house my grandpa has purchased many years ago! Hollywood won’t show such things… It shows not how they close factories, how Americans go crazy of the credits they’ve taken. The middle-class’ sufferings are behind the Showbiz curtain.
– What do ordinary Americans think of Russia and what is their attitude toward the Ukrainian events?
– No thought of it at all! Nobody! It irks me to explain it to everyone around, but it’s really so. Sociological studies reveals that they are concerned about unemployment, corruption and bad economics.
– Have the social and economical problems in the U. S. ever been like now, or not?
– No. These problems have started to emerge and sharpen after the fall of the Soviet Union. It might sound paradoxically, but the communism has been making America better. Through the second half of the XX century, from 1950 until 1991, the American citizens have been feeling themselves fairly in all meanings of the word. The country has conducted milder and more moderate foreign policy, while in the internal affairs much more attention has been paid to the wealth of ordinary people, as their labor and local industry have been under much better protection. As soon as the USSR ceased to exist, all the American factories immediately finished its work, the workplaces has transitioned to China and so on. Now it is much hardier to succeed in the U. S., it’s a fact.
– Tim, you said the ordinary Americans don’t reflect on Russia at all. What then are they thinking and worrying of?
– Of themselves, football, of their salary, Christmas presents and other trivial things. America is a land of individualists holding to the landmarks of their own in the first turn. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not. On the one hand, the individualism helps many unorthodox and courageous American businessmen, film directors and other creative people break through. On the other hand, there are not few who don’t care even of America, they’ve got an outlook not exceeding the borders of their native town or district. As a whole, the majority of Americans consider the issues of food or football more important for them than the problem of extermination of Russians in Donbas. The postmodernist wishes prevail over geopolitical and philosophical questions.
– Is this also an element of Americans’ traditional life or some novelty?
– You can say it is a geographic position that works here. But on the opposite… Why, to your mind, so many people seek to move to America? ‘Because everybody wishes to make for us’ (Tim is speaking in a mocking tone – editorial). A full answer, what for shall we hammer our heads with unnecessary thoughts? They are sure, once all want to come to them, that means, life is the best of all there. Once we’ve got many people robbed and murdered in Cleveland, then in France or England things are going much worse with it. The faith many Americans have in that the USA is really the best country for living is almost religious. Of course it’s quite positive that Americans have rejoice of living in America, but one can find this selfish love became now too excessive. On the contrary, in Russia, especially in 90-s, it was decent to think that once you love your Motherland, you are a simpleton. It is not the thing worth for anything, too.
– Is America a police state?
– You may observe American blogs or news programs, and you’ll understand how the country has changed. They even use to joke there: in 50-s, they say, a lad could become esteemed cool if he brought a sharp knife presented by his daddy to the school to boast of. Nowadays, should one not to say bring but even picture such a knife on a paper, he will be immediately sent to nuthouse. Yeah, there are tabooed things in any society, but it gets close to absurd at times in the U. S. All that happens because the liberals destroy healthy cultures. By the way, an interesting site exists, copblock.org, which traces the transgressions of American police state.
-In your opinion, what are the main problems the American society is concerned of?
-It’s hard now to be a real American, I precisely say. As a matter of fact, white skinned Americans hate themselves because any liberal state hates itself, ever! At the first sight it sounds strangely, but look out: an American liberal hates rural red necks, they are disgust to him; in the equal way, a Russian liberal is hating Russian hinterland. While a Hindu liberal has a wish to whiten himself in order not to be dingy (in all senses!) like his fellow citizens, he craves for western clothes, he hates his yoga, which the western liberals adore for it has no relations to their Christian tradition which they scorn. This is a fundamental point. Americans (and somewhat Russians) should commence cherishing and admiring not only a pennant with stars, but their core principles, their natural mentality. It’s time to part with this liberal disease. A microscopic percentage of American intellectual elite is now grudgingly watching how the state in Russia gives more and more attention to its citizens, e. g. makes payments for childbirth and other things. While, and that’s the most horrible, the American government is constantly violating the American Constitution, the citizens do clearly see it, but there’s nothing they can do. Obama has got enough power to close Guantanamo, where they torture people, but he does that not, though that contradicts to the fundamental law of the country. Almost all in America worship this document with religious piety, so the Constitution should again become sacred and untouchable.
– By the way, how could you comment the President Obama’s speech at the UN General Assembly, in particular, his proposition on the Russian threat?
– This is not the question of verity but rather diplomatic dodges in a hot phase of geopolitical controversy. The American government needs wicked and aggressive Russia, that’s why they are creating an image of enemy by all possible means including the President’s words. I don’t see any reason to worry about the U. S. President’s statements of such kind. All the intelligent people see that it’s rubbish, while those stupid will ever trust in any lies. Shameful as they are, these outgivings are working in Russia’s favor, for owing to them, the non-liberal European educated class starts considering Moscow as the Third Rome.
– What myths about Russia are the most popular in America, and how much do they respond to reality?
– These are stalinism, tyranny and GULAG. The main stereotype Americans have about Russia is totalitarianism. It’s a pity, but Russia is perceived by Americans according to the works of Solzhenitsyn and Ayn Rand, not of Alexandr Dugin. Yes, there are jokes on that in Russia all the things work upside down and inside out (like ‘In Russia the TV set is watching you’), but it is a milder version. Once you examine the western magazines’ covers at the eve of Sochi-14, you’ll see at once all the symbols of totalitarianism – barbed wire, blood, armed bears etc. Now, due to the Donbas events, we see Putin on the same covers depicted in the image of ‘great Stalin’. In a word, all the worst Stalin-era stereotypes (or myths) are still living in the American media.
– Then a commonplace question arises on the freedom of media
– The spokepersons of American government would tell you that we have private media, where no state propaganda is presented. Another question is whether governments of the world or billionaires of the world are worse. To my mind, none are better, to say so. Of course, the power has an influence on the media, but it seems to me that some peculiarities of mentality and faith play more important role here. The same thing in Russia, the liberal youth seeks for a job at liberals, while the young conservatives and patriots go to their elders. More important is who’s at the top of pyramid. If there was an opportunity for me to head some TV channel, the ideas of Russian conservatism and Eurasianism would prevail on it being sounded by its main ideologists. Meanwhile, the ‘Dozhd’ channel is scarcely expected to have invited Alexandr Dugin, Nikolay Starikov or Alexandr Prokhanov to work there. They’ve got their own ground.
– How do the American citizens accept the U. S. foreign policy, especially in regard of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya?
– There were different protest flashes, not only connected with the U. S. policy in respect of mentioned countries. You surely remember the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which held protest actions in sixty American cities besides New York. Thousands of people opposed the criminal finance elite. The problem is in that many Americans are still thinking they are listened to by someone in the government when they wave posters on the street. But what’s the matter for some brutal autocrat to change his intentions? He spits on these demonstrations, he would just laugh at them. The Americans still don’t realize the fact that the protests can modify the situation only once being supported, like on the Kievan Maidan. The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ has no such support, and its activists recounted that they were only dissociated in all possible ways. Actually, of course, we have enough dissenters, yes. But it comes tough to unite in the country of individualists… so far.
– Well, but there is something good in the USA, isn’t it?
– Primarily, the Constitution. Notwithstanding to the fact that in the last years our policy makers use to openly spit on it, still many people trust it piously. The national American philosophy is constructed around it. Unfortunately, here in Russia there is nothing of the kind, no national idea. What else positive in the USA? A lot of people in Russia are afraid of starting up their business or trying to implement a certain idea, due to the collective or semi-collective mentality which is ruling here. No such fears one can find in America, there is still more optimism.
– And yet the Americans are more lawful that our people!
– Yes, but here is also another side of a medal. A Russian man acts as he presumes useful. For example, a piece of gold is lying on the street with a tablet above: ‘Don’t touch!’ An American won’t do it, he would live his life in need but never will he dare to attempt this, be he even entirely lucky. I’m exaggerating, certainly, but you can not exclude this from the American mentality. I myself have got it, and it makes me extremely furious when I behave myself in such manner. I consider it a slave mentality. A Russian man, as opposite, will simply disregard this tablet and he would be ready to perish in order to gain this gold. Alas, it often happens that Russians pay the price of their life because of their disorderliness and neglecting the simply compliance with elementary rules.
– That’s what it is!
– I also would like to expose another key point. Americans, as they are individualists, don’t bother themselves about what other persons would think of them. Concerning Russia, apologize for possibly seeming rude, somewhat womanly mentality predominates here. ‘Oh, what will America mull of us, what will they say?’ It proves to be a great mistake. In these matters, America presents itself like a perfect male: ‘Shit on what you turn over me in your mind, I don’t care. I’m a bigwig here, you’re nothing’. I once had a talk with a liberal who saw his best way to emigrate into America. He’s got me with the queries on how could I live in Russia, while everything here was so awesome? I pointed out at the broken playground through a window and answered: ‘If you wanna be American, just fix the playground’ No doubt, it is a fair trait of Americans – showing an initiative and taking the responsibility.
– Tim, do you feel yourself more American or Russian?
– I’m a hybrid which has absorbed both mentalities. It is fascinating, for I’m thus provided with a possibility to widen my vision and receive a unique experience. I won’t hold forth on my love for Russia, my deeds shall explain everything on my behalf. As for the rules and their breaking, I’m mostly Russian. In respect of responsibility I’m an ultra-American. But once it comes to select between liberal and individualistic values and those Eurasian and semi-collective, I will chose Eurasian. It is because of this that it’s impossible for me to live in the West. Russians still retain a will to create good, but so far there are too little opportunities for it. Everything should be done to increase them.
Alexandr DREMLYUGIN, SIMFEROPOL